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Gigi Masin channels his incredible talent for evocative arrangements at the service of a powerfully affective, optimistic elegy for his dearly departed wife, the first release on his newly minted Language of Sound label.
'Vahinè’ leavens a thoughtfully heavy level of emotion across strands of Kalimba-plucked ambient radiance, pulsating balearic techno, heartrending new age, and feathered post-classical keys, all revolving around the transcendent inspiration of far-flung Pacific folk dance, as he explains below.
“There is a Tahitian dance called ‘Aparima’. It consists of graceful, sinuous and fascinating movements, which tell you stories and legends about love or tradition. The ‘Vahinè' are now dancing, the Tahitian females, with smiles and gestures that could be symbolic or descriptive but are always gentle, harmonious, charming. I was watching this documentary, it was almost 4 in the morning, but I couldn't sleep; I was in front of the television for hours, my wife had passed away the day before, and I was watching hands and arms swaying.
I told myself that maybe it’s so, at the end of the road it’s possible to realize dreams, and I’m sure that she is finally able to dance like never before, and is able to move without any impediment, with no suffering, free to make all the movements that she couldn't make for so long, turning to me with a smile and a wink. So, in the clouds, you will discover and see an extraordinary 'Vahinè', because she will move and dance and smile until the end of time.”
Kissed with a classic feel for tone, and with an effect amplified by Masin’s ability to convey so much feeling from so little, his heightened emotional intelligence manifests across the album’s spiral from windswept keys, blushing synth pads and prickling thumb piano (‘Marilene (Somewhere in Texas)’), via 10 minutes of accordion and airborne balearic sway (‘Barumini’), to echoes of Jon Hassell (’Shadye’), and the bass ballast of ‘Valerie Cossing’, to shore up in the wonderfully expressive rhythmic action of its title track with a remarkable optimism and timeless beauty.